London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1891. 32 pp ads dated Oct 1890. Original pictorial maroon cloth, all page edges gilt.
First British Edition (also the first hardbound and the first illustrated edition in the English language). This is one of Verne's scarcest tales, a story of adventure during the revolt of Quebec in 1837 ("two sons of an infamous French Canadian traitor fight for the revolution in an effort to make up for their father's crime" - Kytasaari). The climax occurs at Niagara Falls.
After publication in French in 1889, each of the two Lovell brothers (Frank and John) plus George Munro quickly came out with wrappered American editions -- the first editions in English. In December 1890 (but dated 1891), Sampson Low published this first hardbound and first fully-illustrated edition in London, priced at 6s. There has never been an American illustrated edition of this title; in fact there was not a hardbound American edition until 1963 (two volumes, LEADER OF THE RESISTANCE and INTO THE ABYSS).
A FAMILY WITHOUT A NAME was unfortunately bound in deep maroon cloth, a color extremely prone to fading (in fact we have seen a couple of copies with spines that have become bright white); this copy does have some fading, but less than usual. There are a few minor cover marks, the original endpapers show some cracking but remain tight, and a few of the gilt-edged gatherings stand slightly proud. All 80 plates are present and and clean. In all, very good-plus or perhaps near-fine. This is only the second copy of this Verne edition that we have been able to offer in our almost-four-decades in business. Taves & Michaluk V036. Item #14212